The Women 's Suffrage Movement

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Late 19th century leader of the women’s suffrage movement, Lucy Burns was born in Brooklyn, New York on July 28, 1879 to a family that believed in gender equality. Her father Edward Burns believed that women should have an education and that they should work to improve the society. As the fourth child of the eight, Lucy Burns grew up as a pro women’s suffragist who later co-founded the Congressional Union with Alice Paul. (American) Burns graduated from Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, New York in 1902, but continues to seek for knowledge. She later went to Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut, University of Berlin, University of Bonn, and University of Oxford in Germany. After being educated from multiple colleges, she went seeking for opportunities for jobs, but realized that there’s are very limited options for women to choose from. Lucy taught English at Erasmus Hall, a public school in Brooklyn even though teaching wasn’t what she really wanted to pursue as a job career. (American) While in Germany, Burns met Emmeline Pankhurst who was a suffrage activist. Emmeline Pankhurst was the leader of Women 's Social and Political Union (WSPU). Also, the same year Burns also met Alice Paul, a New Jersey Quaker, who was also under the Women’s Social and Political Union. There, Burns and Paul worked together and participated in radical protests for women’s suffrage. The shared interest in promoting women’s suffrage led the two to form a close bond. In 1912, Burns and Paul

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